Niowa 43 37 80
Evansville 24 29 53
Date of game: 1/8/2014

Recap: Evansville vs. Northern Iowa

Evansville, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Matt Bohannon finished with 17 points for Northern Iowa as the Panthers coasted to an 80-53 victory over the Evansville Purple Aces in a Missouri Valley Conference tilt at the Ford Center.

Seth Tuttle added 14 points and seven rebounds for UNI (8-7, 2-1 MVC). Wes Washpun contributed 12 points and five assists while Deon Mitchell and Chip Rank scored nine points each. Mitchell also accounted for six of the Panthers' 20 assists.

Blake Simmons paced Evansville (7-9, 0-3) with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor. Duane Gibson had five assists in the Purple Aces' third consecutive setback.

The Panthers shot 53.3 percent from the field including 7-of-15 from 3-point range en route to a 43-24 halftime lead. Evansville fell behind as it connected on only 9-of-25 field goal attempts in the opening 20 minutes of the contest.

UNI hit on 7-of-15 shots from behind the arc in the second half also while the Purple Aces went just 2-of-5 from 3-point range. The Panthers extended their lead by eight points despite going 6-of-12 at the free-throw line in the second stanza.

Evansville made only 40 percent of its field goal attempts and allowed UNI to hit on 47 percent of its shots from beyond the arc in the contest. The Panthers also enjoyed a narrow, 34-31, edge in the rebounding battle.

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